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The thrill of discovery: elements of a great festival film

In the film world, most people have a general sense of what a festival movie is, even if it’s usually an ephemeral idea instead of a concrete one. It’s kind of like pornography: you know it is when you see it. Moreover, while it’s generally easy to identity a festival...

TIFF 2015 introduces a Platform for the best in film

One of the unique traits of the Toronto International Film Festival has always been that the audience, not a jury of filmmakers, critics, and academics, determines its top prize. After every festival screening, viewers can vote for the film they like best to determine...

Essential Canadian Cinema: Outrageous!

Because this year happens to be the fortieth anniversary of the Toronto International Film Festival (TIFF), it is only fitting that we look back to the early years of the festival for this month’s Essential Canadian Cinema choice. Screening in 1977, the second year of...